andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge
Travel Blogs from Phinda Private Game Reserve
... are protecting you are busy chaning a tire and the gun is safely INSIDE the jeep!! Not to worry, we hopped back in the jeep and after a little longer drive eventually saw some track, first was a giraffe track that headed back the way we had come so we continued on. Then we saw them, big round elephant foot prints. Ross and Pat (Our tracker) showed Ollie how you could tell they were elephant prints and the fact that the print was on top of the tyre ...
... herself to us. We get a designated babysitter here!!!! All ours! Her name is Thuba and she introduced while handing out gifts to the boys to officially welcome them to Phinda. We LOVE Thuba. We went back to our room after lunch to get ready for our first Game Drive and found little letters on each of the beds, personally written to each of the boys from Thuba welcoming them again.
We left Huddy and Max with Thuba and we headed out on our first ...
... I wonder if those cheetah know they are here? Clearly they didn't so our guide decided to help out the cheetah! The impala were eating on a bush so Sibu drove around behind it, shook the bush, started throwing things at the impala to get them moving...toward the cheetah! He then chased after them off (by this time we are totally off road, running over trees and God only knows what else!)...still toward the cheetahs. He finally ...
... than the zoo! I've got video of this too...thanks for patiently waiting for the photos
To give you an idea of how big these things are, they eat 880kg per day of food...and poop the same amount! Lovely thought, eh?
Ever seen the Lion King? Well a hyena den looks just like it did in the movie, but in real life:-) its creepy, dead trees everywhere, and big holes in the ground. The lead female came out to greet us but the rest stayed inside. Not quite ...
... the only people in the place...but then again there are 17 of us so we took up alot of space! Again, the pictures would do it more justice but I'm waiting on my photographer...(quite frankly, we have hardly any down time to work on pics!) No for the good part... We were up and out of Avalone Place and ventured to Phinda. Before arriving, we stopped at a the Emdoneni Lodge Cat Reserve. Literally, a group of locals started ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service